Hotel chamber ends its affiliation with tourism chamber

The board of directors at the Cámara de Hoteles decided last week to drop its relationship with the national tourism chamber. The board cited accounting problems and the resistance of the Cámara Nacional de Turismo to reforms worked on for months by the hotel chamber as reasons to become an independent entity.

Members of the hotel chamber said that they established contact with organizations such as the Asociación de Líneas Aéreas and the Asociación Costarricense de Autorrentistas to decide if the reason for leaving the tourism chamber was justified.

This was done because the chamber realized its entrepreneurs are an important part of the tourism economy, spokespersons said. The spokespersons said that research from June to September signified the need for the tourism chamber to become stronger, and the hotel chamber members submitted a request to the tourism chamber so that an internal commission could analyze and create a technical proposal to reform the bylaws related to the budget.

At the committee level it was concluded that a financial analysis was necessary before any big steps were taken, and it was more practical to make an amendment to the tourism chamber statutes that varied the different board of directors and removed permanent board members, said the hotel group.

However, the board of directors of the tourism chamber rejected the recommendation and, when taken to the general assembly, the case was suspended, the hotel group said. This led the hotel chamber to separate from the tourism chamber, the organization said.

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